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Giagias recipes!Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Giagias recipes-Litsa!

Giagias recipes-Litsa!

Everybody remembers fondly their grandmother and the delicious food she used to make! My giagia and her recipes I will never forget!

Her food was magical, she made wonderful food with so much less than what we have today!

Seasonal was the food she was making! And the aromas permeating the house and the neighborhood was something to experience!

When we cook today we have the world on our feet, with ingredients that we never knew existed, we have the option to create delicious food from every part of this amazing planet!

The seasons don’t matter so much, there is always summer somewhere, and the planet is not so big anymore, so if we want summer fruits and vegetables no worries we have them, they come to us all rapt up and ready to be enjoyed! And of course we have Google, any questions, no problem they will be answered!

Coming back to grandmothers or Giagia or Grandmama, or Oma! 

Are you one of these fortunate people? Is your Giagia still alive?

If you answer yes, I am so happy for you, you still have time to enjoy her and her gifts!

They never ask for too much, they know how busy we are and they never interfere! That is how my grandmothers were, always to give and never ask anything in return!

But there is a danger here, we tent to forget them. This is such a big mistake! We are under the impression that they are invisible!

Don’t take it for granted that she will be here with you forever!

They are very close to the end if they are grandmothers! That is a very sad thing but nevertheless true!

Every day counts!

Do yourself a favor, get your tablet, and go visit this precious person! 

Ask her to make some coffee and have a nice conversation with a person with experience!

Ask her about her life, you will be so surprised with the things she is going to share, and the things she went through! And if she was a good cook ask her to tell you her little secrets, and what made her recipes so delicious! She will probably say, love and time!

Tell her about the special recipe, the one you love, the one you never have enough of, ask her what is her secret ingredient and see her face light up, and if you have the time, ask her to cook with you so you can have something personal from your grandmother, her recipe to use with your family and this way they will remember her for a long time!

The next step will be for you to go shopping so you can make the meal together! She is on a fixed income after all. Document the whole adventure, in the future you will be so happy you did!

Don’t forget to praise her and thank her for just been your grandmother!

One thing you should have in mind, never go to see your grandma empty-handed, by now you should know what she likes and always bring it to her, little things make her happy at this point, to see you and talk with you been at the top of the list!

Giagias recipes are done with Patience! Giagias recipes are done with Love!

Have a nice visit!

Litsa with Love!

Methoni-road trip!Litsa! 

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Methoni Road Trip Litsa!

Methoni Road Trip Litsa!

Methoni road trip! Litsa!

I left Kalamata at noon and set off for Pylos which is highly famous in the Greek circles. The drive to that place was exquisite. It made me recollect the final stretch from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia in Crete. The ride seems no less than a treasure if made during the daytime.My Methoni road trip looks promising!

Pylos is an amazing little city situated by the water, such a traditional little place! Clean and fresh even though it has not seen many changes over the years. I just wandered around a bit and then left for Methoni which was about 20 minutes away.

I have to remind myself that am riding in olive oil country; because that is all you see for miles and miles, OLIVE TREES! I take such pleasure when I go on road trips, and this Methoni road trip  I will love!I only wish that on a day like today my car was convertible, so I can feel the sun and the breeze on my face!

When there I looked for my friend Sofia who visits Methoni and spends summers every year and found her within no time. This is one of the perks of a small place; everyone knows each other. So I went to her place and surprised her which made her totally shocked. After that, we went to the only hotel located by the water to find a nice room. Though it wasn’t what I am used to, the location provided an ethereal view and that was enough for me to spend time there. Besides I have a plan, you go in only when you are so tired and sleepy and you fall asleep in an instant!

Its location by the water added more to its charm. I woke up to a serene view in the morning, where there were fishing boats going out for the catch of the day, extremely peaceful and clean.

I love the Methoni road trip so far!

The old fort is so beautiful, it is by the water another indication that it was there to protect the city from the pirates!Fascinating!

The castle of Methoni is a medieval fortification in the port town of Methoni in Messinia!

The best thing about this place is that only locals are present here and Greek visitors who came here for vacation with their families from Athens.

The beach is sandy and the water very clean, to the point of seeing the schools of little fish dancing in your feet! I could not have enough of this amazing day!

For dinner, I decided to go to the little square just a few steps away from the hotel!

I make a mean Strapatsada.

So I decided to try and see how the local Strapatsada is! What is Strapatsada? A recipe of nice ripe grated tomatoes cooked down until all the juice of the tomatoes is gone and adding eggs and Feta cheese to make a delicious dish!A very tasty traditional Greek summer dish!

I ordered it and soon realized it was a bad choice since it was nothing like my recipe of Strapatsada. It was filled with sausage, smoked pork, tomato in huge chunks, cheese and one egg on top with loads and loads of oil. I don’t understand the need of putting an egg on top of everything when it clearly doesn’t taste good. It was so heavy!

Thank god I had ordered a Greek salad and a plate of small fish which were two very delicious items.

 I loved the small square! It was a round one though, with some traditional Greek taverns and coffee shops all around, with the scent of primrose or nihtolouloudo and jasmine covering the whole area and I have to pinch myself once again, so I can really feel the moment…

I am alone, and eating alone is not the best for a lady, feeling something peculiar, and then you look up and you see the stars and it feels that if you stretch your arm a little more your hands can touch the stars and the bright amazing August moon and you realize that nothing matters and you come to your senses and think of the magic moment, you are there and it’s mesmerizing so you might as well enjoy it and have another perfect memory for your precious little chest, the one with the perfect moments and  treasured memories!

And I come to realize that sometimes if you want to take it all in, you need to be alone, with no interactions and no-nonsense talking about sweet little nothings because that specific moment is not coming back!
Breathtaking is the sky with the stars and that August moon, that you can see so clearly…Please do not disturb me! I am having a perfect moment!

The pretty houses made of stones are the main attraction for me in this very part of Greece. People here are so skillful; they have a firm grip on building houses with the natural stones that they literally seem like pieces of art.

Close your eyes and imagine, a beautiful stone house in the midst of all the olive trees your eye can see!! I wouldn’t mind having a small but fine house of stones in Greece. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

I am so happy I had the opportunity to take the Methoni road trip! 

 It was indeed memorable!

Litsa with Love!

Traveling-to-Rhodes-Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Traveling to Rhodes Litsa Bolontzakis

Traveling to Rhodes Litsa Bolontzakis

Traveling-to-Rhodes Litsa!

We are setting off for traveling to Rhodes today in an extremely hot weather. A team is also onboard with us for the trip, I thought to myself, handsome young man, ALA TOSI MAGIA MY GOD PWS THA TIN ADEXOUME, THA BORESI NA TIN SIKOSI TO AEROPLANO!

The next day was amazing as we completed a week’s work in one single day. Our first stop was at Kallithea and to my surprise, this time it proved to be a pretty great sight. My last visit to this place wasn’t very pleasant since it was undergoing massive repairs, and so I wasn’t very happy to visit it this time. But now that it was restored to its original charm, I was relieved and had a comfortable time there.

Kallithea is a gorgeous beach, located at a distance of 7km from Rhodes and provides a magnificent resort for tourists and locals who want to take pleasure in a not so typical beach. It is home to some glamorous baths which were built and utilized by Italians, along with other delights such as coves and inlets that are sculptured with giant rocks, clear turquoise water and the delicious treat of mezedes, from the restaurant in the cave! Oh, what a day!Traveling to Rhodes was a marvelous idea!

I don’t understand one thing; why do people spend so much time and effort into doing something which will bore no results? I’m pointing towards the state of Greece. It is a highly dry place with barely any rain falls. Vegetation on the hills is the only one that survives, yet I see them working day and night to make the grass look good and still they fail. My point has always been that one should make use of the elements of the land so that there is less to worry about. Looking at the mountains will make you aware of the things that are going to survive the heat and the dry spell and thus, you can plan accordingly instead of putting in hard work for no good.
And this is exactly what is done in Kallithea. The gardens provide a breathtaking view, the use of local plants and herbs has filled this place with a homely aroma, the sage and rosemary and the thyme and caper plants make up a flawless combination which is no less than a sweet treat for the sight. The air finally feels refreshed and I’m happy beyond words and this is what my point was; to work with what you have instead of working for what you wished you had.

There was no fee for entering Kallithea and it was free to enter for years, but now they’ve imposed an entry fee of 3Eu. Still, no worries as I believe these were by far the best 3Eu I had ever paid for a leisure trip. As long as they keep up its beauty, I don’t mind spending a few bucks on it. My friends were stunned with the charisma of this place, where there was no artificial grass; only natural plantations were to be found.

After spending a few hours in Kallithea we headed towards Haraki which is another small piece of heaven. Here we had a mouthwatering meal with Kosta. It is a small village with scenic beauty all around, located at the seacoast of the island and is at a distance of 38km from Rhodes and 20km from Lindos. The beach here is mainly coarse sand and pebbly and has a number of fish tavernas with splendid views. The medieval fortress of Feraklos is just nearby the village and provides an overwhelming sight, while the warm and shallow waters of Agathi lie at a walk of 15 minutes from the beach.

One thing that will never change with the Greeks is their generous nature and their Filotimo. They are lovely souls who only know how to give.

While driving towards Lindos, you come up to one of the most beautiful views of this planet; Lindos. A beautiful little city, a white city laying so gracefully and hugging the mountain as if the two of them are eternally in love! it’s all so magical. I closed my eyes and let myself drown in this majestic view, silently thanking my father for letting me witness Lindos for one more time.The ruins at the top of the mountain are reminders of another era!Lindos is like a charming precious lady, our precious lady who is loved and protected by the locals, and loved and admired by the world! 

Yes, my precious lady and the people love you and protect you as they should because you belong to all of us no matter where we come from… Walking the little streets of Lindos is good, but it is the end of the summer season, and after catering to a few million visitors the locals are getting tired, you can see the enthusiasm disappearing by the moment!It is another small village of Rhodes but unlike Haraki, Lindos’ main attraction is its tiny houses called Captains and the ruins of Acropolis. There are a number of temples and other historical buildings to wander around that present the magnificent view of ancient Greek architecture

Right after Lindos we stopped at the Cove of St. Paul and decided to take a little swim there, and again, it was a wonderful experience. The clean and fresh water added more to our delight.

You are probably thinking that our journey ended here and we headed to our hotel but nope, it didn’t. We had one more stop.

Our next destination was Embona. It was on the other side of the island in the mountains. I was slightly dubious going there at night but nevertheless, we kept on moving. The roads were well indicated due to which we had a safe travel. However, for my friends who came from Mexico where it is not advisable to travel alone especially at night-time, it was no less than a nightmare. At one point my friend who was driving our car asked in a camouflaged terrified voice, how safe is driving like this. Needless to say, he was scared.

Although I had never been frightened before, I somehow felt weird at that moment. Still, I managed to say it was safe while thinking where to hide my ring and watch.

Suddenly I spoke in a very serious tone, “To tell you the truth, I forgot to pack my gun”, and that was when finally the ice broke in our car, a loud laughter spread all across and our ride wasn’t boring and laced with fear anymore.

We reached Embona a bit late but still, we managed in finding a place that served the most delicious lamb. You just need to tell them your requirement and they’ll take you to their butcher store where you can pick the cut of your choice. I am so happy that some things never change! You just have to be in the Know!

Embona is famous for its huge collection of folklore, amazing food, and the pleasant atmosphere. It is widely known for its grapes and raisins which could be seen soaking up the sun while lying in the courtyards during the harvest time. Our dinner was one of its kinds. Our whole day trip in Rhodes was one I will never forget. It was long, tiring and yet so perfect.

Will I

Traveling-to-Rhodes-Litsa!

Traveling-to-Rhodes-Litsa!

be traveling to Rhodes again, without hesitation, YES!

Litsa with Love!

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